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Royal Blood Named Top British Group at BRIT Awards

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Rock and roll took center stage at the 35th annual BRIT Awards, as Royal Blood was named the top British Group.

What’s more, the duo received the award from none other than Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.

“This is a huge surprise for us,” said singer/bassist Mike Kerr. “It’s probably more of a surprise for everyone here, as you may not even know who we are.”

Royal Blood stood tall among a stacked list of nominees that included Alt-J, Coldplay, One Direction and Clean Bandit.

As if the crowd needed proof of Royal Blood’s ability to rock, the band also took the stage to perform a particularly brutal version of the single “Figure It Out,” which comes off their 2014 self-titled debut.

Watch Royal Blood’s musical appearance, featuring Mike Kerr on his Gretsch G2220 Junior Jet Bass II, and acceptance speech below.

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Wildwood Guitars Dissects the New G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rods

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Greg Koch GretschGreg Koch of Wildwood Guitars recently sat down with Gretsch’s Joe Carducci to discuss the new G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod guitars.

The newly unveiled signature models are stripped down and built to Setzer’s exacting specs, with signature TV Jones pickups, 9.5″ fingerboard radius and a striking two-tone flame maple body, amongst many other features.

Throughout the video, Carducci tells the story about how these guitars came to be, while Koch takes the time to demonstrate their excellent tone.

Learn more in the clip below.

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Watch The Decemberists Perform for KCRW

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The Decemberists recently stopped into the Santa Monica, Calif., studios of KCRW to perform a few of their new songs off What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

You can listen to the entire set here, but video has also surfaced of the Colin Meloy-led band playing the album’s top single, “Make You Better.”

Watch that clip below.

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Watch the Weeknd Perform Sultry ‘Earned It’ on Fallon

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The Weeknd Earned ItFifty Shades of Grey is one of the hottest movies currently in theaters, and its soundtrack is just as steamy.

Much of that is thanks to the Weeknd, who contributed two songs to the film, one of which he recently performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the Weeknd perform “Earned It” below and don’t miss guitarist Patrick Greenaway playing a  White Panther Center-Block and bassist Ledaris “L.J.” Jones with a White Falcon Bass.

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5 Eye-Catching Gretsch Finishes

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Here’s a list of 5 eye-catching Gretsch finishes. Let us know in the comments what Gretsch finish most appeals to you, and why?

G5438T Pro Jet in Gold

Electromatic Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity, with chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops that resonate true to “That Great Gretsch Sound,” but it’s the two-tone body color scheme — Black or Gold tops with Walnut-stained back and sides — that we want to call attention to here.

Shown here in Gold, this sparkle finish with the attractive dark stained back and sides is a true beauty!

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod in Green Sparkle

Sticking with the sparkle theme, there are several new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models that have been stripped down and built to Brian’s exacting specs.  But the G6120SH in Green Sparkle is all about the bling and looks AMAZING under the stage lights.

G6120SH Brian Setzer Hot Rod Two-Tone

While the Green Sparkle finish is “in-your-face” loud, the new Gretsch Brian Setzer Hot Rod Models also come in striking yet subtle two-tone finishes over a flame maple body. Below is the Harbor Blue model, which has more of a periwinkle shade to it from a profile view, while its top calls to mind a smooth sail over the ocean waters.

G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body in Sunburst

The G5420T Electromatic Hollow Body is a sharp Gretsch guitar with a bound single-cutaway hollow body featuring sound-post bracing and elegant bound f holes. It comes in four colors, including this flattering Sunburst gloss finish. Classic!

G6122-12 Chet Atkins Country Gentlemen 12-String

This 12-String Chet Atkins axe doubles the sound of the classic model with the chiming, jangling sound of the ’60s.  And best of all, it’s available in a new Blonde finish. As they say, blondes have more fun!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE GRETSCH FINISH? TELL US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW …

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